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Old 10-16-2003, 03:16 PM
sjsfiji sjsfiji is offline
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tie rod replacement ?s

Hi All,

I recently took my '87 260E (61k mi) o my indy and found that the vibration I get is from worn out tie rod bushings. He used a large plier to verify that there is some movement/play.

He said the following needs replacing:

tie rod assemblies (left, right & center <AKA drag link>)
idler arm bushings (all from a kit)
steering damper

Should I replace other bushings/parts while I'm at it that could be contributing to vibration?

I have a pretty good idea how to go about replacing the items listed, but not quite sure how to separate and refit the ball-joints on the rod ends. I have the MB CD but that isn't very user friendly.

What tools will I need for the separation? MB tie rod separator or one from Kragen <2 tined fork type wedge>?
and refit? some kind of compression tool?


'87 W124 260E (DD)
98K orig. mi. @7/15
CLK 7-Spoke Forged Wheels
Neuspeed springs/Bilstein Sport
4/3 bump (F/R)

'97 993 Carrera
106K orig. mi.
Always driven like it's stolen
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